Bayer Leverkusen player collapses while on subs' bench during pre-season friendly
It is believed to have been caused by heat exhaustion
Karim Bellarabi of Bayer Leverkusen collapsed on Tuesday afternoon at the side of the pitch during a pre-season friendly in Wutterpal in eastern Germany.
The winger had been taken off as a substitute at half time but collapsed on the substitutes' bench during the second half on approximately the 70 minute mark.
Karim Bellarabi ha sufrido esta tarde un colapso durante el amistoso que disputaba el Bayer Leverkusen en Wuppertal. Ocurrió en el minuto 70, cuando ya estaba en el banquillo tras haber sido sustituido al descanso. Después de ser reanimado fue trasladado al hospital. (📸 BILD) pic.twitter.com/PlVWZAEV0t
— Juanma Romero 🌈 (@Guardiolato) July 24, 2018
After he regained consciousness he was taken to hospital and is recovering well, as reported by the club's official Twitter account.
Karim is doing well and has received the all-clear from the medical staff, but will remain in the hospital overnight for observation.
Thanks again for your concern and all of your well wishes! 🙏
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) July 24, 2018
The cause of his collapse was heat exhaustion, after temperatures reached 33 degrees in Wutterpal in the afternoon.